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  1. Brilliant. Thank you so much! And thank your friend who wrote it.
    Portapotties at the summer renaissance festival are not to be
    complained about ever again. 🙂

  2. I remember this time very well. Was at that doc’s BDE HQ (!1st BDE, 1stAD) as the BDE surgeon.

    We copped to the burnout latrines right away and kept them until the trailers arrived (along with Brown and Root support). This took about 3 months. Was a fight just to get screening material for the latrines to keep flies out in springtime.

    Interestingly enough, his PA is now a MAJ and working at USASAM as an instructor and we see each other almost daily. Then LTC C was my CG in Iraq and signed my air medal. Cool, how you complete circles when you stay in the Army long enough.

  3. Wow. Fascinating. I mean that seriously, the things we take for granted. By the time I arrived in Bosnia in the summer of ’98, I really had nothing to complain about. The company commander and I would joke about the odor that would ensue when the SSTs showed up around 2100 to clean out the FIXED toilet facilities that were located near the gym-in-a-tent that we used near the house of blues. Had no idea how bad it was in the early days. Such a huge difference, being the first in versus coming into theater a few years later.

  4. After all this time, the Army doesn’t know that troops poo and pee? Or that poo and pee occupy space? That is alarming.

  5. Thanks for too much info…some times it’s important to find out about these things. I was especially interested in how the problem with the female troops dealt with UTI’s.

  6. Ah, the joys we missed in Q8.

    Although I believe you were there when Doha hit its personnel limits due to sewage capacity.

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